Thursday, July 31, 2008

looking for rock songage

What songs that are overtly or explicitly about “rock” do you like? What songs that are overtly or explicitly about rock do you hate?

Will you please tell me? And remind me of the bountiful crop from which to choose?

Me, I pretty much hate songs that have the word rock sung. The words rock and roll make me cringe even more. And I also get icked out by the songs about what it’s like to be in a band, or we were playin’ the backrooms, and we wrote these songs kinda tunes . . . .

I know you know the kinda songs I’m writin’ about, even if I’m lettin’ you down as a blogmeister by failin' to remember. Maybe it’s the kinda songs that use words like kinda, writin’, and lettin’. And, of course, in my search, I’m includin’ every song that has the word rock or rock and roll in the title.

It’s not a firm, fast rule; I like a few. But I’m overwhelmingly opposed to them.

And since there are a million, I need yer help. Please help me fill out this list.

“Rock” songs that I hate:

Join Together (With the Band)

Long Live Rock

Rock and Roll All Nite

R.O.C.K. (In the USA)

Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock and Roll)

Wait and See

“Rock” Songs that I tolerate or like:

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Rock Me Gently

It’s Only Rock and Roll [which is surprising, since I’ve grown to hate the Stones’ catalogue]

I’ve Had It

“Rock” songs that I really HATE, but love anyway:

I Love Rock and Roll

Rock Around the Clock



UPDATE I [thanks to mister parker]:

Chuck Berry's "Rock And Roll Music," covered by, among others, The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Love the song in almost ll its incarnations.

Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me." Execrable.

Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven," although the word "rock" is not in the title.

Doesn't match my weird, limited category.

seems like somebody sang "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay."

it's on the tip o' my brain. Don't recall. God Gave Rock and Roll to You is so bad it's good.

Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," to my ears although that might not be the sort of thing you have in mind.

Not in my category. I wonder if it is associated with the category in our sublminal minds because it defines rock and roll.


Chubby Checker did "Limbo Rock," which is about limbo rather than rock, but it's got the word "rock" in the title.

"I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)" by the Moody Blues.

Lop. Off. Head.

and how about "Rock Lobster," by the B-52s?

Ug. Many love it; I am not in the many. And it's so outside my category as to be a new category of categories.

or Paul McCartney's "Venus and Mars/Rockshow." Boy do I love this, mainly because it was one of the first rock songs I could play on the bass and rock out. It is clearly in the kitchen o' my category.

12 comments:

Mister Parker said...

Chuck Berry's "Rock And Roll Music," covered by, among others, The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me."

Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven," although the word "rock" is not in the title.

seems like somebody sang "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay."

Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," to my ears although that might not be the sort of thing you have in mind.

Chubby Checker did "Limbo Rock," which is about limbo rather than rock, but it's got the word "rock" in the title.

"I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)" by the Moody Blues.

and how about "Rock Lobster," by the B-52s?

or Paul McCartney's "Venus and Mars/Rockshow."

There are no doubt others. Some I like, some I don't.

A genre I hate more is the one where rock n' rollers lament leaving their loved ones to be on the road. There are thousands of these songs and I loathe them all.

Mister Parker said...

What about "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry? It's about a band playing music in a club when a disgruntled fan insists they sell their souls and launch into a lame disco number. Not rock prescisely, but about the experience of playing for a living ...

Mister Parker said...

Or "We Got A Hit" from the Who's last record, Endless Wire? Come to think of it, a ten song medley about the history of a fictional rock band is the centerpiece of the record ...

Mister Parker said...

Does someone commenting on the business of Rock N Roll, e.g., "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits, count?

Little Johnny Jewel said...

'ock N Roll Is Here To Stay' by Sha Na Na?

Little Johnny Jewel said...

Somehow lost

wasn't 'R

on that last comment.

Little Johnny Jewel said...

How about "Rock N Roll is Dead"
by The Rubinoos

"Rock N Roll Girl"
By The (American) Beat

"Rock N Roll High School"
"Rockaway Beach"
by The Ramones

Little Johnny Jewel said...

"Brighton Rock"
by Queen

"Rock With the Caveman"
by Tommy Steele

"Rock Around The Rockpile"
by Ray Anthony

"Rocking Is Our Business"
by The Treniers

¡barangus!™ said...

"For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"

"I Do The Rock" by Tim Curry

Are those two across the map or what?

Mister Parker said...

And that old Baptist standard, "Rock of Ages" ...

lupner said...

'They Called it Rock' by Nick Lowe/Rockpile. Which brings to mind their version of 'I Knew the Bride', tho I"m not sure if that fits in your category. But she did rock and roll. Which reminds me further of how much Dave E. rocked at The State Theatre several years ago, tho don't think he played that song.

Thank you to Lil' Johnny J. for reminding me of the (American) Beat. Did they only do the one album? Listened to it to death.

'Jailhouse Rock', one of my favorite Elvis tunes.

"Rock and Roll Fantasy' by the Kinks. And several songs on 'Lola v. Powerman and Moneygoround' addressed the nasty music biz, if that counts.

These are all ones I like --

The Jestaplero said...

I really love "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" and "They Called It Rock." And of course "Rock'n'Roll Music."

How did we forget our favorite: "Move It" ??

In what way is "Sgt Pepper" explicitly (or even implicitly) about rock? It seems to explicitly refer to the pre-rock era. It's about a band that started in 1947!